Gibraltar has declined the legal application the United States issued for seizing an Iranian tanker sailing between the west and Iran.
On Sunday, the Justice Ministry of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories said that it wasn’t able to seek an order from the court in order to offer the seizing assistance requested by the United States.
The tank, on Sunday, sailed away from the port and later headed in the overseas water, as per a report by an Iranian news agency.
The vessel, called Grace 1, has stayed in the coast of Gibraltar since the time it was apprehended on 4 July by British commandos and local police as the tank due to suspicions of it shipping around 2.1M barrels full of Iranian crude oil across Syria by violating EU sanctions.
Notably, the Gibraltar-UK decision raised worries between the west and Iran. Concerns regarding maritime security prevailing in Gulf increased previous month post Iran seizing a British vessel as retaliatory act.
On Thursday, the supreme court of Gibraltar had ordered that the tank could be set free, citing an assurance from the Tehran that the vessel wouldn’t go till Syria. However, the Trump admin complicated the entire situation by sending a legal request to Gibraltar to seek a restraining order for Grace 1.